Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mark Hamill Talks Episode VII

By: Dominic Jones

In advance of his appearance at Disney Star Wars Weekends at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill spoke with the Orlando Sentinel.  Hamill discussed his status on Episode VII, saying, 

"I’ve altered my diet. I’ve started working out. There’s that.  But on the film itself: I toured the departments, I’ve looked at wardrobe, and I saw the creature shop. I went around and met all the cast people, saw the technicians working on some new things."

He also discussed how the attitude about Star Wars spoilers has changed over the years,
"This is a whole different world … The first one, no one cared. The second one there was a lot of interest, but it was before the Internet. … I tell people we’re not trying to annoy you or tease you or play some massive game. Basically what the goal is to keep the surprises for the movie instead of spoiling them on the Internet."

As for reuniting with his co-stars, Hamill described the experience,
"I hadn’t seen Tony Daniels or Carrie [Fisher] or Harrison [Ford] or Peter Mayhew in ages. … I was wonderful to see them again, because I didn’t expect to. Again, this is all so unexpected. It’s like getting out that pair of pants you haven’t worn in five years and finding a 20-dollar bill in the pocket. Oh, this is nice."

It sounds to me that Mark, like Carrie Fisher, hasn't started on the film yet.  However, you can bet that not long after his appearance at Star Wars Weekends this year, he'll be hopping on a plane to Pinewood to begin shooting on Episode VII.   It will also be interesting to see if Episode VII is brought up much during his appearance at SWW.  I wouldn't hold my breath for anything but, given the Lucasfilm's attitude of giving as much to the fans as possible without spoiling much, you never know what tidbits might be dropped....

You can follow Dominic on Twitter: @DominicJ25


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